Submitted by Katie Martin – Smith County Extension Agent:

Grace Harville after receiving the Vol State award at the 2018 Tennessee 4-H Roundup and All Star Conference.

Three Smith County 4-H’ers, Olivia Jarvis, Grace Harville, and Shelbie Manus attended the 2018 Tennessee 4-H Roundup and All Star Conference at the University of Tennessee at Martin on July 23 – 27. Roundup allows Tennessee 4-H members the opportunity to learn new things, have fun, and make new friends, giving them an opportunity to live the “college experience” in preparation for their future.  

Since 1924, Tennessee 4-H’ers have gathered annually on a campus of the University of Tennessee for Roundup. The event serves to recognize 4-H members for their outstanding project work and leadership accomplishments. 

State All Star Conference is a part of the Roundup program, enabling All Stars state-wide to conduct service-learning projects and recognize outstanding service projects that have been conducted throughout the year.

The week is rounded off with special assembles, award and scholarship presentations, and State 4-H Council Elections.  Roundup winds down the week with the induction ceremony for newly initiated Vol State members and a closing dance.

Olivia Jarvis attended Roundup as a finalist in the Food Science Project, and Grace Harville attended as a Finalist in Communication/Public Speaking. Grace was named a state winner in her project area, and received a trip to National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, GA, the Lee Medallion, silver bowl, and a $1250 UT scholarship.  Olivia and Grace did an excellent job of representing Smith County, and we are so proud of their hard work and dedication.

Grace Harville was also recognized at Tennessee 4-H Roundup with the Vol State award, the highest level of recognition a Tennessee 4-H member may achieve. The Vol State award is presented to high school juniors and seniors in recognition of excellence in all phases of 4-H work, as well as service and leadership rendered in their communities.

The 4-H Youth Development Program delivers programs through cooperative efforts of the University of Tennessee, Tennessee State University, and public and private sector volunteers. 4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.  4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades 4-12, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

For further information concerning the many opportunities that 4-H has to offer the youth in Smith County, call (615) 735-2900.